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COA judge among delegation observing Guantanamo Bay hearings

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Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Riley is joining four other representatives from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in observing hearings happening at Guantanamo Bay.

Riley, a 1974 graduate of the law school, will be traveling to Guantanamo Bay April 21 to watch hearings in the case of the suicide attacks on the USS Cole in 2000. Jeffrey Mending, a 2013 grad, is currently there to observe hearings in the case of the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

In addition, Hattie Harman, ’10, and Jeff Kerner, ’02, are at Fort Meade in Maryland this week to observe the hearings as part of IU McKinney’s participation in the Military Commissions Observation Project.

IU McKinney’s Program in International Human Rights Law, established by Professor George Edwards, was awarded nongovernmental organization observer status in late February by the Pentagon’s Convening Authority for Guantanamo Bay U.S. Military Commissions. The Pentagon grants observer status to NGOs based in part on a group’s academic or practical work involving international human rights law in the context of armed conflict and criminal trials, the group’s mission to advance human rights through advocacy, the group’s respect for the rule of law, and the group’s ability to reach large audiences around the globe.

Among the 18 other groups with this status are Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Bar Association.

Edwards is also executive director of PIHRL.

Alumni, faculty and staff of IU McKinney who are interested in observing subsequent hearings may learn more details on the PIHRL MCOP page.

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